Conference Day One: Wednesday, 23 August 2017

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Conference Registration and Arrival Coffee

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM Opening Remarks by IQPC Australia and the Conference Chair

Stephen Giblett, Buildings Leader NSW, Mott MacDonald

Stephen Giblett

Buildings Leader NSW
Mott MacDonald

9:10 AM - 9:50 AM Creating Affordable Housing in Australia through Modular Construction

Alexander Symes, Architect, Big World Homes
By using modular construction to create fully volumetric houses that can be assembled together in a weekend, Big World Homes are able to provide an affordable housing solution to first home-buyers.By partnering with landholders and developers to provide vacant, unused real estate, Big World Homes have also provided a new concept of land-sharing as well.

Alexander Symes

Big World Homes

9:50 AM - 10:30 AM CASE STUDY: Thomson Adssett’s Prototype for Fully-Volumetric Aged Care Facilities in Rural Areas

Tim Bentley, Regional Partner, Thomson Adsett
Creating easily transportable and cheaply manufactured aged care facilities are important for many regional areas in order to keep local seniors within their support network. By manufacturing fully volumetric facilities in rural centres, such as Townesville, Thomson Adsett estimates they will be able to lower the cost of beds for seniors to $150 000/Bed, and build fully transportable volumetric modules of up to 90 m2. This session will discuss
· The current prototype model and what Thomson Adsett is hoping to achieve through modular construction
· How Thomson Adsett plans to embed specific aged care technology, such as pressurized underlays, into the modular construction
· A review of the metrics and research: will this method really lead to construction and cost reduction?

Tim Bentley

Regional Partner
Thomson Adsett



11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Interactive Roundtable Discussions: Overcoming the Barriers to Increasing the Use of Modular Construction and Prefabrication in Projects

In 2017, not only will you hear peer-to-peer led case studies and best practice, you will also receive focused thought leadership and insight into the future of the Modular and Prefabrication Industry in Australia. How will the IDGs run?
· The entire audience will break up and choose IDGs based on which topics are most relevant and interesting to them.
· Each IDG is set in a roundtable format and will be facilitated by a thought leader in the space
· Each delegate will have the opportunity to select 2 topics and will rotate between their choices every 30 minutes.
· Discussion groups are kept small to ensure all delegates get the opportunity to ask their most pressing questions, ensuring a perfectly tailored experience.

Table One

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Effective Project Management

Project planning, defining project brief Quality assurance, site surveillance, and project attendance

Table Two

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Digital Platforms

Donald Cameron, Group Manager BIM Services, John Holland Group
Using Digital Platforms During Design and Planning to Integrate Modular and Prefabrication into the Initial Stages of the Project

Donald Cameron

Group Manager BIM Services
John Holland Group

Table Three

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM The Future of Modular Construction

Aladin Niazmand, Director, Total Alliance Health Partners International
The Potential of Modular Construction and Prefabrication to Transform the Australian Construction Industry

Aladin Niazmand

Total Alliance Health Partners International

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM Solution Provider Thought Leader Session


2:00 PM - 2:40 PM CASE STUDY: North Hill Residential Accommodation at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Hal Guida, Partner, Guida Moseley Brown Architects Andrew Donnelly, Associate, Guida Moseley Brown Architects
This case study will look at the modular building methods employed for the North Hill Residential Accommodation at Nanyang Technological University. The accommodation was built to house 1850 students and faculty in both single and double bedrooms. Fully volumetric modular construction was used in order to ensure efficient construction and project delivery.

Hal Guida

Guida Moseley Brown Architects

Andrew Donnelly

Guida Moseley Brown Architects
· What are the current barriers to using fully volumetric construction in Australia?
· How does the supply chain contribute to these issues, and how can the supply chain help solve them?
· Can these barriers be overcome in the design and development phase of the project?
· What are the new technologies available that make Fully Volumetric Construction more feasible?
· What can we learn from industry overseas, where the market is more established?

Tim Bentley

Regional Partner
Thomson Adsett

Aladin Niazmand

Total Alliance Health Partners International

Knut Menden

Senior Associate

David Madden

Managing Director

Donald Cameron

Group Manager BIM Services
John Holland Group

3:20 PM - 3:50 PM Afternoon Tea and Networking Break

3:50 PM - 4:30 PM Updating Existing Concrete Structures with Prefabricated Timber Construction to Give a Catholic Primary School Innovative New Classrooms

Knut Menden, Senior Associate, BVN
By using prefabricated construction, BVN was able to refurbish an old Telstra training center into a new home for Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School. The structure is being called the first Australian School of the Timber Age due to its use of Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) and Glulam Portal Frame. This session will discuss:
  • Timber for Students: The use of specific materials in order to meet the clients needs
  • The process behind engineering glulam, CLT, and Lignotrend to create the prefabricated timber construction
  • Overcoming the challenges of using prefabrication to remodel an existing structure

Knut Menden

Senior Associate

5:00 PM - 5:00 PM End of Day One & Networking Drinks for all Attendees

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM CHAMPAGNE DELEGATE DEBATE Is an Australian Market Ready for Fully-Volumetric Construction?

Each table chooses to either agree or disagree with the above question. They get 15 minutes to create an argument that supports or refutes the given statement, after which each table will send a speaker who will have 2 minutes to get up and present their case. The chair then gets to choose which table wins. This session will be catered with drinks to encourage conversation…